Consumer Group Statement on Seafood and Health: 'We Told You So'

Latest Fish News Great for Moms and Babies, Bad for Mercury Fear


Oct 04, 2007, 01:00 ET from Center for Consumer Freedom

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to new
 seafood consumption guidelines for pregnant women, issued this morning by
 the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), David
 Martosko, Director of Research at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom
 made the following statement:
     "It's about time the pendulum on fish and mercury swung back in the
 direction of common sense. For generations, fish has been 'brain food' to
 moms and their kids. But about ten years ago, it started receiving the
 skull-and-crossbones treatment from moneyed environmental groups and
 government agencies jumping the gun on unresolved science," Martosko said.
 "Green groups including Oceana, the Sierra Club, the Environmental Working
 Group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Mercury Policy
 Project owe millions of American moms and their babies a sincere apology.
 And the Environmental Protection Agency should join in that chorus.
     "In an age when the Precautionary Principle informs so much (some would
 argue too much) of our policy making, fear of fish is a great example of
 hyper-precaution leading us in the wrong direction. Sadly, a public health
 tragedy still awaits us, but not from the fish on our plates. The real
 danger will come from unintended consequences of alarm bells, as moms deny
 their children the vital health benefits of seafood because of unfounded
 mercury fears," Martosko added. "For three years, we've been saying that
 the proven health benefits of eating fish far outweigh the hypothetical
 risks. Serious science clearly doesn't support the prevailing panic, and
 we're glad to see mainstream nutrition experts telling moms that the Great
 Mercury Scare belongs in the dustbin of history."
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     For additional comment or to schedule an interview with Mr. Martosko,
 please call Tim Miller at 202-463-7112.

SOURCE Center for Consumer Freedom